Field of Flowers (aka Peony)

April 16, 2018

Most people see this soap and love the design.  It is NOT what I was going for. The flowers are just a complete disaster.  They were not what I was going for, but it’s what I had to settle for as it’s all I could actually manage to save the top.  Win some, lose some!

Peony is a romantic, powdery, floral. By far one the finest florals we have ever smelled.

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Gardenia

April 13, 2018

I’d recently seen a number of soaps with colored salt on the top of the bars and I loved (like REALLY loved) the effect. That’s what inspired this soap.  I’ll definitely use the salt top more in future designs. It’s a simple effect but so pretty!

This fragrance is a floral blend of gardenia and jasmine with a strong orange flavor bottom note.


Agave Lime

April 10, 2018

Yum!  I’m a citrus girl.  So, I am naturally pulled toward these scents, but this one is definitely finding a home in my shower!  I love the design of this one.  It too was nothing like what I had planned, but I realized as I was making it I was gonna have to kind of go by the seat of my pants as the fragrance started to thicken my soap.  Thick soap usually makes for decent hanger swirls and so I gave it a shot and it paid off.

The fragrance is a shimmering citrus blend of high concentrations of the following essential oils:  lime, lemon, and orange creates an effervescent top note for this exotic scent, while accents of liquid ozone add a refreshing highlight.  Tropical floral notes and exotic agave greens balance at the heart of the fragrance.  Clear musk and rich sandalwood form a soft background for this highly textured scent.

Top Notes:  lime, lemon, orange, ozone
Mid Notes:  agave greens, hibiscus, plumeria
Base Notes:  musk, sandalwood


Glycerin Rivers…after the fact!

February 23, 2018
I just picked up on an interesting occurrence with glycerin rivers. This has happened before, but I just made the connection. And guys I’m so totally fascinated by this!
I made heart embeds with Titanium Dioxide (TD). They did not have glycerin rivers in them after saponification. Three days later I added the embeds into my soap. I gel (as intensely as I can by insulating in blankets) my soap. This batch heated up pretty well. After almost 24 hours it still had some residual warm coming off it. (I didn’t measure the temps that the soap reached, but you have an idea how hot it got and stayed to still be warm almost 24 hours later). When I unmolded and cut the soap all my white hearts (which looked like the small soap sample in this picture before I embedded them) had major glycerin rivers.
This happened AFTER the soap had saponified (the hearts were three days old at this point)! This has happened many times before I’ve just only made the connection now.
 
I do a water discount about 1:1.9 ratio. So not as steep as some discounts, but less than the normal 1:2 to 1:2.5 water ratio that generally causes the higher probability of glycerin rivers.
 
Making the assumption that glycerin rivers form when soap goes through a gel phase and particles of color pigment gravitate and stick to the greasy, water-repellent tails of the soap molecule while leaving the water-soluble heads of the molecule without pigment, I wouldn’t think glycerin rivers could form once the lye-oils had already (saponified and) become soap.
I know I created an “ideal” situation for the formation of glycerin rivers with a higher water content, prolonged gel phase, with a slow cooling. But to happen to oils that had already saponified!
I find this utterly fascinating!  Has anyone else had this happen?  Could I really heat the embed up enough in the new batch of soap to cause it form glycerin rivers?  

Winter Soaps: Part 3

November 15, 2017

Round 3!

Reindeer Poo

This soap was really popular last year, so I brought it back this year.  I love the color. The name makes me smile.  You have to have a sense of humor obviously!  It’s just cute and fun!

Santa’s Tree Farm

The tiger strip didn’t quite go perfectly. The soap started to get a little thick on my and I wish I’d had a bit more green, but it still looks nice and smell lovely.

Santa’s Belt (aka: Apple Cinnamon)

This soap was a boat load of work.  I really like how it turned out and I learned a lot while making it. I know I can make it look even cleaner next year.  Every time I see this soap I can’t help but smile.

Sugar Plum Fairy

I’ve been having some fun playing around with different ways to achieve swirls.  I like the results I ended up with in this soap!

 


Winter Soaps: Part 2

November 10, 2017

Round 2!

Gingersnap & Pumpkin

So, the fragrance really discolored this soap. I expected to get discoloration, just not quite this much.  Still looks fine, and smells good, but the perfectionist in me…

Stink, Stank, Stunk (aka: Apples & Clover)

The Grinch soap! I know if you’re on my FB page you’ve seen this soap about a million times now. And you know how much I’m absolutely in love with this soap.  There’s gonna be a bar in my shower very shortly!

Peppermint Fluff

I did my standard Peppermint soap this year, but I added this one too.  It’s a sweeter, less intense peppermint.  The problem with the fragrance is the amount of vanilla in it. I knew it would alter the color and worked my design around it. I do like how it ultimately turned out.

Pumpkin Gingerbread

Another vanilla heavy fragrance that I worked with to make the gingerbread men stand out.  Some of the gingerbread men look a little drunk ha! But it’s a cute soap.


Winter Soaps: Part 1

November 6, 2017

Once again I’ve run out of hours in my day to accomplish all that needs to be done.  I’m grouping together my winter soaps instead of doing individual posts again.  I need more time in the studio right now!  I had lots of new winter soaps, and the return of many favorites. I have to stay I’m pretty pleased overall with this years soaps!

Blue Spruce

I was rather uninspired by this fragrance.  I didn’t know what to do with it so I was like let’s just do a simple two color layer.  Then as I was working it morphed and I added the reverse imprint, mica line, and peppermint leaves to the green.  I’m really happy with how this turned out.  And customers have really been liking it too!

Cranberry Fizz

This was not part of my original line up of winter soaps.  But WSP had a fall fragrance sell and I decided to get some (for next years soaps) and then I ended up smelling the ones I got and pretty much used half of them this year.  I love the colors in this soap!  And it really has a “fizz” smell.  Bubbly and fun!

Fresh Snow

This is actually a standard soap I do every winter it’s so popular, but this year I changed from my more abstract snowman to this cute guy. Found these molds the end of last year and I couldn’t pass them up.

Gingerbread

Sometimes simple works.  I love this layered look with the mica lines between each layer.  It just stands out to me.  And of course it smells yummy!